Kopstein 1.8.08 - POL103Y1 Notes 1/8/08 What Was Communism?...

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POL103Y1 Notes 1/8/08 What Was Communism? Lenin: Party as an Organizational Weapon -Standardly accepted “point of departure” was Vladimir Lenin (socialism) -Lenin argued that a set of policies would be needed to do more than just help out the working class, because the working class is intensely corruptible. -Lenin created a generation of entire, full-time revolutionaries, comparable to joining a priesthood (the “organizational weapon”) -“Repository of historical wisdom” party a charismatic party, one that must be followed not because you agree with it, but because it is right and smarter than you. -“Communism = soviet power + electrification” Stalinism: Making the Profane Sacred -Stalin is Lenin’s brutal successor, who defined a new combat task for the party -The desires of the individual are unimportant, including art and culture and science. -People who say something cannot be done or is unachievable are perceived as pessimists who are hindering the progression towards perfect industrialization. -Creating a modernist society and creating a revolution are two very different objectives:
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course POL 103 taught by Professor Kopstein during the Fall '07 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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Kopstein 1.8.08 - POL103Y1 Notes 1/8/08 What Was Communism?...

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